Ricard sours Bradford spirits
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Only rarely during the course of a career notable for its disciplinarian leanings has Jim Jefferies allowed sentimentality to cloud his judgment and last night, with the season of goodwill still warm on the slab, the Scotsman removed the iron fist from within the velvet glove.
With the sense of timing which is peculiar, indeed, almost unique, to football managers, Jefferies chose a match-day to name – and thus shame – those who he regards as surplus to Bradford’s requirements.
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All will now be invited to find gainful employment away from Valley Parade, an exercise which, if successful, Authentic Prada Vitello Daino would save a hard-up club around £100,000 a week in wages.
“My first-team squad is now too big and it’s important we cut the wage bill,” said Jefferies. “What we have to do in the remaining months of the season is play as a team, a collective unit, rather than as a group of individuals.”
Collymore, for one, now finds himself in a familiar state of limbo. Unwanted by Bradford, his proposed move to German club Stuttgart also slipped away yesterday. Black Prada Eyeglass Case
“A move abroad does appeal to me,” said Collymore. “I would like to stay in the Premiership and be a top goalscorer but that is now going to be difficult. I have to ask, ‘who’s going to take me now?'”
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The match itself was open enough if lacking in depth and colour. Had the finishing been slightly more clinical an opening half which growled rather than roared would have been awash with goals. It wasn’t because in sub-zero temperatures even the most cultured of feet were rendered impotent.
Robert Molenaar went closest while the adrenalin rush was at its most pronounced, his fine header from an Eoin Jess corner thumping against the base of a post. Dean Saunders really should have scored after collecting the rebound but these days he is profligate rather than prolific.
But, at least the ageing Welshman is still an enthusiast and midway through the opening half he steered a firm drive just wide of the mark after the Middlesbrough defence stood idly by.
Although the Bradford defence shook like needles on a discarded Christmas tree every time Alen Boksic was in possession, they held firm without apparent discomfort.
For a team with manifold problems, Bradford’s football was remarkably precise and patient; slowly but surely it would seem that lessons are being learned. But, no matter how attractive your approach play all is irrelevant if there Amazon Uk Prada Shoes is no cutting blade up front.
The better of their openings invariably fell the way of Dean Windass, who steered in shots from wherever it was he was standing after establishing control of the ball. The closest he came was shortly after the interval when his ferocious drive from just outside the penalty area almost embarrassed goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer who spooned the ball away to relative safety.
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